On May 17, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will consider a proposal that would make the San Francisco Bay Area the world’s first region to place limits on oil refineries’ overall greenhouse-gas and particulate-matter emissions. This new regulation, Refinery Rule 12-16, would prevent oil corporations from making the East Bay a hub of Canadian tar-sands processing, because it would enforce a cap based on historic emissions levels at the five major Contra Costa and Solano county refineries.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is about to weigh in on the proposal. Will the administration help stop increased Bay Area refining of tar sands? Read more in my Feb. 22nd East Bay Express story. >>